Created: 2012-03-22 18:17
Updated: 2018-10-19 04:30
License: mit



Ebayr is a small gem which makes it a little easier to use the eBay Trading API with Ruby.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'ebayr'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install ebayr

Ruby versions pre-2.2

Older versions of ruby are no longer supported as of v0.1.0. To use ebayr with Ruby 1.8, try version v0.0.9.

$ gem install ebayr -v '=0.0.9'

You may need to install an earlier version of activesupport in order to make this work (since the dependency i18n does not support 1.8 after version 0.6.11). Your mileage may vary, and you probably should update your Ruby version anyway.

If you would like to use anthing pre Ruby 2.2, then, you can try any of the releases from the v0.0 branch; the latest is v0.0.11

$ gem install ebayr -v '=0.0.11'

Again, YMMV, and the same advice applies.


To use the eBay Trading API, you'll need a developer keyset. Sign up at http://developer.ebay.com if you haven't already done so.

Next, you'll need to require Ebayr, and tell it to use your keys. You will also need to generate an RUName, and get the key for that. (This is all standard stuff - look at the eBay developer docs for details).

require 'ebayr'

Ebayr.dev_id = "my-dev-id"

# This is only needed if you want to retrieve user tokens
Ebayr.authorization_callback_url = "https://my-site/callback-url"

Ebayr.auth_token = "myverylongebayauthtoken"

Ebayr.app_id = "my-ebay-app-id"

Ebayr.cert_id = "my-ebay-cert-id"

Ebayr.ru_name = "my-ebay-ru-name"

# Set this to true for testing in the eBay Sandbox (but remember to use the
# appropriate keys!). It's true by default.
Ebayr.sandbox = false

Now you're ready to make calls

session = Ebayr.call(:GetSessionID, :RuName => Ebayr.ru_name)[:SessionID]

To use an authorized user's key, pass in an auth_token parameter

Ebayr.call(:GetOrders, :auth_token => "another-ebay-auth-token")

Use the input array to add to the body of the call

# Adds: "<a>1</a><a><b>1</b><b>2</b></a>" to the ebay request.
args = [{ :a => 1 }, { :a => [{:b => 1 }, { :b => 2 }] }]
Ebayr::Request.new(:Blah, :input => args)


Ebayr will look for the following Ruby files, and load them once in order (if they exist) when the module is evaluated:

  1. /etc/ebayr.conf
  2. /usr/local/etc/ebayr.conf
  3. ~/.ebayr.conf
  4. ./.ebayr.conf

You can put configuration code in there (such as the variable setting shown above). The files should be plain old Ruby.

In a Ruby on Rails project, just create a file called config/initializers/ebayr.rb (or something), and put the configuration there. Of course, you should probably not check in these files, if you're using a public repository.



When running test, you generally won't want to use up your API call-limit too quickly, so it makes sense to stub out calls to the eBay API.

Ebayr test use Fakeweb to mimic the responses from eBay.

require 'ebayr'
require 'test/unit'
require 'fakeweb'

class MyTest < Test::Unit::TestCase
  def setup
    Ebayr.sandbox = true

  # A very contrived example...
  def test_get_ebay_time
    xml = <<-XML

    FakeWeb.register_uri(:post, Ebayr.uri, :body => xml)

    time = SomeWrapperThatUsesEbayr.get_ebay_time
    assert_equal 'blah', time

class SomeWrapperThatUsesEbayr
  def self.get_ebay_time
    hash = Ebayr.call(:GeteBayOfficialTime)

See './test/ebayr_test.rb' for more examples.

You need to remember to include Fakeweb in your Gemfile, or Ebayr will complain.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request


Thanks to the great contributing maintainers on GitHub, including:

  • David DeGraw
  • Eric McKenna
  • Jason Schock
  • Laurent Arnoud
  • SpeerJ
  • jogaco
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